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Arbitration Competition


Congratulations to 2017-18 National Champions Drake University Law School (pictured above). Full results»

Thank you to the American Arbitration Association’s International Center for Dispute Resolution for its generous support of the Arbitration Competition!

American Arbitration Association

About the Arbitration Competition

The ABA Law Student Division Arbitration Competition promotes greater knowledge in arbitration by simulating a realistic arbitration hearing. Participants prepare and present an arbitration case, including opening statements, witness examinations, exhibit introductions, evidentiary presentations, and summations. Experience what it is to be a professional, competent, and ethical advocate.

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2017-2018 Arbitration Competition Registration Information and Fees

2017-2018 Arbitration Competition Dates and Locations

Arbitration Problems and Final Round Recordings

Arbitration Problems and Final Round Recordings Annual Subscription $25

Recent Arbitration Competition problems the Championship Round recordings are now available for your use. This annual subscription is $25 for access to the 2016-17 and 2015-16 competition problem and recording. Each problem and video may be downloaded and shared within your school.

The problems and videos are intended for educational purposes, for all other uses, please contact Copyrights & Contracts, American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654; phone (312) 988-6102; fax (312) 988-6030; email:

Competition Rules and Guidelines

Arbitration Competition Winners & Finalists

Regional Host Schools

The Arbitration Competition depends on law schools to host the regional competitions. To create a fair rotation of this responsibility we have created the Host Rotation Schedule and assigned participating schools to upcoming years. Please review this rotation to see when your school is assigned to host. If you cannot host in the year assigned, please contact

2017-2022 Arbitration Regional Host Rotation Schedule

*Schools listed in the rotation schedule are not confirmed hosts until they are listed in the Dates and Locations section below.

Regional Assignments

Each registered law school must rank their regional preference for Host Schools. The Law Student Division will use its best efforts to assign each school to its first or second choice. Priority will be given to those schools in geographic proximity of their first or second choice. Any School who does not complete the form will be assigned as space is available.

Each school will receive official notification of its regional assignment. Participants should not make travel plans until they have received their official regional assignment from the ABA Law Student Division and confirmation of the competition dates from the regional Host School.

Competition Format & Team Composition

A team consists of four JD candidates attending the same ABA-approved law school. Two students play the lawyers and two students play the witnesses for their side in each round. The lawyers and witnesses may change their roles from round to round but must keep their same roles in a round. Each team will compete in two rounds and the top four teams will advance to the semifinals. The first place team from each regional competition will advance to National Finals.

Competition Dates

Find out when and where arbitration competitions will be happening.

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